Console OS Aims to Run Android Alongside Windows on Intel based PCs, Laptops and Tablets (Crowdfunding)

There are already various solutions to run Android on Windows PC powered by Intel processors either going the emulator route, for example with BlueStacks or AndroVM (now Genimotion), or the native route with solutions such as Android-x86. So when I read Console OS, a port of Android capable of running along side of Windows, was looking for funds on Kickstarter to complete the project, I was perplex. But looking into details, it seems Console OS may indeed bring improvements to existing solutions, and Mobile Media Ventures, the company behind the project, released the following table comparing Console OS to other Android ports.

Console_OS_BlueStacks_Android-x86_Android-IAIf like me you had never heard of Andy Android, here’s the link to the project. Android IA is Intel ports of Android, which currently targets developers.

So according to the developers, Console OS makes installing and dual-booting Android on a Windows PC easy, brings full Android Kitkat compatibility, allows you to run two Android apps side by side, supports the latest OpenGL ES 3.x API, and soon OpenGL 4.x for games support, provides ARM & x86 NDK compatibility, and the user interface has been modified to be desktop friendly. It won’t support Google Play, but the company claims you’ll be able to import free and paid apps via a “Console OS Connector” app. You’ll also be able to download and install apps via Amazon Appstore and their own Console Store.

That’s for the free as in beer Console OS standard version. There will also be Console OS Pro with a few more features namely:

  • WindowFlinger – A true window manager for Android, allowing you to run Android apps in their own window.
  • InstaSwitch – Thanks to “InstaSwitch” which leverages XenGT technology (Xen Graphics Virtualization), you’ll be able to switch instantly between Windows and Android
  • Console Remote Access – Remotely access your Console OS device from any Android device
  • Additional codecs and media playback support
  • Native DVR support – Plans are for ATSC, DVB, QAM/CableCARD, & DTCP-IP to be suported
  • Built-in media server with UPnP and DLNA
  • Console Files – Desktop-friendly file manager
  • Console Maps Pro – Premium Maps with Enhanced Turn-by-Turn

You can see some of the features in action, as well as a demo showing Console OS Pro on an Intel PC compared to a Google Android Tablet playing the same game in the video below.

They plan to sell Console OS Pro for $20 per year (a major release is planned every year), but Kickstarter backers can get Console OS Pro for life with a $10 early bird pledge, which will then become $25. Beside the Kickstater campaign, you can also find more information about ConsoleOS.com.

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Harley
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Would have been nice to have all that in a full Linux distro instead of under Windows OS

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I think Canonical had a ‘WINE for Android’, but it got canned 🙁

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[…] Console OS is supposed to be a version of Android Lollipop running on various Intel platforms, and optimized for desktop use with new features like DVR support for digital TV tuners, a desktop friendly file manager, and so on. The project launched on Kickstarter and was successful enough to raise $78,497 from 5,695 backers. But according to Chih-Wei Huang, Android-x86 project leader, and Console OS users, the Console OS developer simply forked Console OS, with some minor modifications like changing the project name, and under-delivering on the promised features. […]